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How is stomach cancer treated?

In cases where a patient’s stomach cancer appears not to have spread to distant organs, surgery remains the primary treatment for this disease.  In most cases, the surgeon will remove at least half of the stomach (or, in some cases, the entire stomach), as well as the surrounding lymph nodes.  For all but the earliest stages of stomach cancer, some form of chemotherapy will also usually be recommended, either before surgery or after surgery.  Finally, radiation therapy is commonly used following surgery, especially when a patient’s stomach cancer is relatively large, or when multiple lymph nodes are involved with cancer.

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